Kafue 4X4 Expedition
15 Days / 14 Nights
15 – 29 August 2021
R7 800-00 per person
Join African Safari Experts for an exciting expedition into Kafue National Park in Zambia. The expedition will be led by veteran safari guide Pierre Pitlo who has over 30 years’ experience guiding all over sub-Sahara Africa.
You will need your own 4X4 of any make or model. Your vehicle will need to be completely self-sufficient with water, fuel to last you a minimum of 1000 kilometers, a rooftop tent (no ground tents are allowed on this expedition), fridge and all meal preparation equipment. You will need a comprehensive toolkit, recovery equipment and hi-lift jack. No children under the age of 18 years.
This expedition starts and ends in Livingstone in Zambia. On 15 August 2021 all the vehicles will meet in the car park of the Avani Hotel at 09H00.
You are responsible for all your own food provisioning. Should you need assistance or advice on where is best to purchase supplies you are welcome to make contact. You will be asked to check in with the expedition leader on your arrival in Livingstone a day before the start.
A maximum of 5 vehicles is possible for this expedition. Each vehicle will be supplied with a handheld radio for communication, the lead vehicle will have a base station and repeater for complete communication between vehicles.
Proof of personal travel insurance must be presented before commencing the tour, this insurance must include medical evacuation and repatriation. A satellite telephone is available for medical emergencies only.
Read our Country Information for travel advice to Zambia.
Learn more about the Lion Recovery Fund in Kafue National Park.
15 August – Depart Livingstone – Bush Camp
All the vehicles and participants will meet at the Avani Hotel in Livingstone, there is a parking area on your left-hand side on entering where we will all meet at 09H00. You will need to be fully fueled and provisioned for the next 14 days. There will be the opportunity to buy fresh food at Lake Itezhi-Tezhi and Mwamba but please do not rely on this.
Departing Livingstone, we will be travelling on the T1 towards Kalomo, roughly a 2-hour drive from Livingstone. Here we will rest briefly and if there is fuel available, we will top up all the fuel tanks. We drive through the town and make our way to the road that leads to the Ndumdumwezi Gate of Kafue National Park.
You will experience the true culture of this beautiful country as we wind our way through the foothills passing rural villages and schools along the way.
We will be driving through the Bilili Springs Game Management Area, and there is always the possibility of seeing wildlife in these areas. After entering the gate, we will begin a leisurely game drive, here there will be plenty of time for game viewing and birding. We will stop at around 15h00 once the team has found a suitable bush camp. This is a truly “African” experience of camping in the bush and enjoying the many night sounds while we sit around the fire after a delicious dinner.
Park fees – $15 per person per day (12 days)
Less than 3 tons net weight vehicle fees’ – $15 per vehicle per day (12 days)
Camping $5 per person per day (12 days)
16 August – Bush Camp
After breakfast we will continue in a Northerly direction exploring the various loops around the Nanzhila River and the Plains. There are several two-tracks that are worth driving in the search of Sable Antelope, Mubi Pool and the Mafuta Loop have all produced incredible game sightings on previous trips. This area is also famous for Black Cheeked Love birds.
We will stop frequently for animal sightings, coffee stops, lunch and comfort breaks. This expedition has been designed as a “slow safari” and considering the size of Kafue National Park it is worth going slowly to take in as much as possible.
17 and 18 August – Hippo Bay
After breakfast we will continue towards Lake Itezhi-Tezhi visiting the Game Rangers International Elephant Orphanage and Release Facility. Here we will spend time learning about the work that is carried out and observe the orphan Elephants. Time will also be spent in the Ngoma Teak Forests where some of the smallest Antelope in the world live.
As we are close to the town itself we will all depart the park at the Nakalomwe Gate to visit the market for fresh produce and re-fuel all the vehicles.
Our destination for the evening is the Hippo Bay Campsite where there will be a chance to relax, enjoy their hot showers and take in an incredible sunset over the Lake.
Cost: $25 per person per night
19 August – Bush Camp
This morning, after breakfast, we will depart Hippo Bay and begin circling the lake on the road North. We will be following the shores of the lake, explore the Katinti-Mufunta track and cross several of the smaller rivers that flow into the lake.
For those that are feeling full of energy there is the opportunity to climb Chibila Hill for the views out over Kafue.
Our camp for the night will be around the Mwengwa Rapids on the banks of the Kafue River.
20 and 21 August – Mayukuyuku Campsite
This morning we will be driving the many roads of the Hook Bridge area. This region of Kafue is well known for excellent game viewing on the Shishamba Loop and the Satchitma Plain. Lunch will be on the banks of the Kafue at either Carr’s Island or at the Old Pontoon site.
Our destination for the evening is Mayukyuku Bush Camp where we can catch up with some technology, enjoy a game drive, hot showers and delicious meals from the restaurant.
We will spend two nights here doing laundry, relaxing and exploring.
The town of Mumbwa is not far away, approximately a 250-kilometer round trip. Two or more vehicles will make this journey for shopping and to fill up auxiliary fuel tanks where necessary.
Cost: $25 per person per night
22, 23, 24 and 25 August – The Busanga Plains
This morning we will depart Mayukuyuku and rejoin the Spinal Road at the Hook Bridge Gate. We will game drive up this road, the tracks around the Lufupa Bush Camp and the loops around the River Camp before making camp for the night somewhere in Chibembe Drive on the banks of the Lufupa River.
The intention for this part of the expedition is to explore the Busanga Plains as widely as possible. The road network here is not good and what roads there are could possibly be in very poor condition.
The journey will leave the Spinal Road at the Old Moshi Camp and begin Northwest following the Lufupa River towards the Busanga Plains. On the Southwest side of this road is dense woodland and forest – ideal habitat for Leopard.
The expedition will spend the next 3 nights camping on the edge of the Busanga Floodplain. On the 25th of August we will begin making our way back South.
26 and 27 August – Kaingu Safari Lodge
After what is likely to have been a long day of driving, we will camp on the banks of the Kafue River at Kaingu. This is an incredible location close to a set of rapids and views across the Kafue River are beautiful.
The campsites are separate to the lodge but within easy walking distance. Each campsite has its own ablution block with plenty of hot water. There is also a scullery and a small thatched lapa. Activities and meals can be arranged through the lodge.
Camping $28 pppn + $3 pppn Kafue C&C Fund
28 August – Mabvigo Pools
This morning we will have a leisurely start to the day and possibly take time to visit the Mbiya Hot Springs before we begin our journey South to the small town of Itezhi-Tezhi. Here there will be the opportunity to re-fuel as well as to visit the local markets for some fresh produce.
We will re-enter Kafue National Park at the Ngoma Gate and make our way South on the Naviavloka Road to Mabvigo Pools where we will camp for the night.
29 August – Livingstone
This morning we will enjoy breakfast overlooking the small pools before breaking camp and traveling South to the Dundumwezi Gate and exiting Kafue National Park. We will stop briefly in Kalomo before arriving in Livingstone in the early afternoon.
Terms and Conditions
Please note that this expedition itinerary is completely subject to road conditions. Safari Experts Africa (Pty) Ltd cannot be held liable nor responsible in any way if any portion of this expedition is not possible due to circumstances beyond the control of the company.
If the expedition is curtailed the company will do its best to find alternative routes or activities however this is no way entitles any participant to any refunds in this event.
You will be required to familiarize yourself with the African Safari Experts 4X4 Safari Terms and Conditions as you will agree to be bound by them.
Please also ensure that you have read and understood our Terms and Conditions for Clients.
Border crossings are the client’s own responsibility, if you are denied entry into Zambia for whatever reason no refund is available.
As we will be camping in a National Park, no edible seeds of any kind whatsoever may be consumed while we are in the Park.
You are required to present proof of your travel insurance, which includes medical evacuation, to the leader of the expedition 1 week before departure.
This must include a contact number in the event that a medical evacuation is necessitated.
Please ensure to inform your insurer of the planned route and location of this expedition.
Should you wish to, contact SES Zambia for temporary medical evacuation insurance. They are the leaders in travel insurance in Zambia and best suited to provide emergency evacuation in Kafue National Park. Approximately $10 per person per day.
I you would like to reserve a space please get in touch with us via the following methods…
Pierre on 079 232 85 80
A 30% deposit is required when booking your space. We will send you an invoice with our banking details for an EFT. The balance 60 days prior to travel.
If you have any questions regarding the expedition please feel free to make contact with us as well. If you would like to hire a vehicle in Livingstone we highly recommend Hemingways Zambia. Speak to Pete or Annabel.
If you are forced to cancel your booking 90 days or more before the expedition starts you will receive a full refund of your deposit. Thereafter our normal Terms and Conditions will apply.
First Aid Kit
Kitchen and cooking equipment
Hi Lift Jack
Dual battery system with solar charging kit
Tool kit & spare parts
Spare tyre & puncture repair kit
Auxiliary fuel tank or jerry cans
Proof of travel insurance
Negative COVID PCR test
Vehicle registration papers
Proof of vehicle ownership and Roadworthy
3rd Party Insurance
US Dollars and Zambian Kwacha in cash for Park and camping fees’
Portable toilet & bucket
Gas cooking facility
Sufficient drinking and bathing water
Sufficient food for 14 days
In tent ablution facility. (No exiting tents at night.)